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©1984 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.
"The best historical novels ever written." (The New York Times Book Review)
"No writer alive can move one as O'Brian can; no one can make you laugh so loud with hilarity, whiten your knuckles with unbearable tension or choke with emotion. He is the master." (Irish Times)
Riveting Historical Story
The first of one of the BEST seafaring book series ever written!
I've listened to all twenty (complete) books in the series twice, and I'm now on my third time through - once ever year or two. The books are extremely well written, and the reader's performance is fantastic. There are plenty of interesting characters, and lots of history, humor, and action.
I have read the series in book form, starting while I was at sea and now listening to the books, I find it captivating once again.
Jack Aubrey for his ability to command while using mostly body language
Aubrey, his power and his ability to win and still be a human to others
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
Only do audio and this one is very well done
He is kind of Like Sharpe but in naval warfare same sense of the battle
He is alittle difficult at times but he is a gifted reader he brings the characters to life
When the young midshipman to be fell over board in the chase to escape the French, also when Lt Dugan's fight
Great book look forward to more naval adventures
Yes because the British narrator does a superb job bringing you back in time with excellent accents and inflections.
The doctor. He is the foil that makes it possible for the novice sailor to learn about the majestic uniqueness of a sailing vessel.
Home school family with six children ages 7-21. We love listening to audible books together. We like Twaddle-free books.
I have enjoyed reading many of the Patrick O'Brian books. The story is really fine. I had previously enjoyed the movie very much also. I love naval novels and adventure stories and this satisfactorily does both. My only complaint was that somehow the coarse language grated on me more hearing it read out loud. I guess I have learned to filter the 'cuss' words when I read, but that is simply not possible when listening to the book. This is not a book I would let my youngsters listen to, and quite frankly, I won't listen to it myself again. It simply didn't meet our family standards.
As a long time fan of the Aubrey/Maturin novels, it was a pleasure to find an audio rendering that fills the sails with such precision. Mr. Tull brings each character to life just so with wonderful accents and a twinkle in his eye.
Oh, man, this was so much fun! I totally didn't expect to like this so much, but Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pretty much immediately sucked me in, and Patrick Tull did a fantastic job narrating. Friendship, adventure, plenty of nautical battles...I am definitely looking forward to their next one. 20 more books to go--ha!
I am on my second time through the series and enjoying it almost as much as my first time throguh. I did not have an interest in nautical life/history when I started this book. That made for a bit of a learning curve to come to grips with the vocabulary, but it was well worth it. The combination of wonderfully deep characters, exciting naval actions, masterfully written relationships (of all sorts) gives this book a substance that goes far beyond "story-telling." You do not have to be a history buff or have an interest in sailing to love this book and series. As the author said, beyond the story and the history, the series is the study of human relationships and interaction (paraphrased from the interview with Patrick O'Brian at the end of The Wine Dark Sea).
Every adventure story you ever read as a child not only becomes alive again, but also challenges you on the intellectual level as an adult. The erudition, the accurate attention to the smallest detail across a very wide palette, history, seamanship, the conduct of war, medicine, politics, espionage, commerce, human nature, command and management concepts and plain old human foibles, conceits, and magnanimity across the ages are not found elsewhere, I believe, in all of literature. Just as the opening of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" does in music, Patrick O'Brian does with words: You literally feel the salt spray in your face. You are at sea.
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